Auction: 21013 - Important Stamps and Covers of the British Commonwealth - Conducted behind closed doors
1853 (30 Apr.) entire letter from Jamieson & Moore, Melbourne to John Wilkinson, Gold Commissioner at Sandhurst, marked "Escort 32", bearing Queen on Throne Ham 2d. purple-brown cancelled with manuscript "32", no other markings. The letter enclosed payment for a previous gold shipment. Extremely rare, three covers are known endorsed "Escort" R.P.S. Certificate (2007). Photo
Note: The manuscript number is believed to be the journey number of the Gold Escort which also carried letters etc. relating to gold shipment. The service was introduced as a consequence of the prolific activities of bushrangers and was mainly intended to convey gold from the goldfields to Melbourne.
J.R.W. Purves, May 1981
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